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Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central Overview

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Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central Overview. I attended a 2 day deep dive on Business Central at Microsoft in Manhattan and wanted to share an overview of this new offering. Microsoft Business Central is a full, cloud-based ERP & accounting application. It is the cloud version of Microsoft Navision which has been available for many years. The market for Business Central is companies that need much more than QuickBooks but are not an enterprise organization (or those who don’t need Enterprise ERP functionality). The solution is great for organizations who need robust sales (quote to cash), accounting, purchasing, warehouse and light manufacturing capabilities.

There are 3 levels of licensing, Team Member, Essential, and Premium each with different price points.

Main areas of functionality:

  • Invoicing
  • Purchasing
  • Opportunity Management
  • Budgets
  • Finance
  • General Ledger
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Accounts Payable
  • Project Management
  • Fixed Assets
  • Purchasing Order Management
  • Resource Management
  • Workflow
  • Contact Management
  • Simple Inventory
  • Advanced Sales (SO)
  • Advanced Inventory (stock)
  • Distribution

Team Member – $ 8 – light use, approve Time & Expense, read business reports, lookup customer and inventory data

Essential – $ 70 – All main features except manufacturing and service order management

Premium $ 100 – All main features including manufacturing and service order management

Microsoft nailed the user interface, it is clean, easy to navigate, simple to personalize and offers powerful features like Excel integration on list views. The documents like invoices, quotes etc. are all based on Microsoft Word, easy to maintain.

One of the big “WOW” factors is the Outlook email integration. When you send or receive an email in Outlook you can click the Business Central icon to display information like sales, open orders etc. The Outlook integration works in the full desktop version of Outlook as well as Outlook Web Access. You can perform end-to-end workflow without ever leaving Outlook. For example quote to cash. A sales rep receives an email asking for a quote, without leaving the email she can generate a quote and send it. If the recipient replies and asks to place the order you can click one button “Convert to Order or Invoice”. Very powerful and will become the gold standard in my opinion.

You can invite your accountant to use Business Central as well without additional costs. The downside is that most accountants will not yet be familiar with Business Central like they are with QuickBooks.

The mobile app does not disappoint, it is a full use application designed for mobile devices supporting Apple, Android and Microsoft mobile devices.

There is solid integration with PowerBI and even free content packs available with a lot of prebuilt dashboards and reports. You can easily add a PowerBI chart to many areas of Business Central.

Intelligence is also at work in Business Central. An example of this is when quoting an item, if the quantity quoted would exceed the available stock a warning is displayed. Quick Insights is a component of Power BI which provides additional insights based on trends, historical and provides forecasts. The insights feature is built on a growing set of advanced analytical algorithms developed in conjunction with Microsoft Research that we’ll continue to use to allow more people to find insights in their data in new and intuitive ways. I love the send to PowerPoint function. If you are going to a meeting and need to present reports/charts this is a great feature. It pushes chart data right to PowerPoint and makes the charts live so if you have Internet access you can drill from PowerPoint right to Business Central. There is even an image analyzer tool. The image analyzer will scan an image of an item and recommend substitute items along with a confidence score. This is part of the Cortana intelligence integration.

PowerApps and Flow can be used to build simple apps (like a mobile inventory app) or to connect Business Central to other systems/cloud services. Of course, there is integration with Dynamics 365 for sales to share Account, Quote, Order, Invoice, Product data and other data elements.

Microsoft is unifying business applications in Dynamics 365 enabling organizations to reduce the number of systems in use. This solves a lot of challenges around better management of workflows/business processes, better ability to market and much better business intelligence capabilities. You will see this platform take off and grab large chunks of market share over the next few years.

I am very impressed with this offering, if you have not seen Business Central yet and are thinking about replacing your current ERP/accounting system I would be happy to show it to you. Contact us to schedule a live demonstration.

About the Author: David Buggy is a veteran of the CRM industry with 18 years of experience helping businesses transform by leveraging Customer Relationship Management technology. He has over 14 years experience with Microsoft CRM and has helped hundreds of businesses plan, implement and support CRM initiatives. In 2017 he founded Strava Technology Group, a firm that is focused on helping businesses achieve success with Microsoft CRM and Dynamics 365. To reach David connect with him on LinkedIn. To learn more about Strava Technology Group visit www.stravatechgroup.com

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Canadian Payroll with Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

CRM Blog Canadian Payroll with Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

WebSan Solutions Inc. will host a webinar in collaboration with Insight Works about Canadian Payroll in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. Registrants will be introduced to the features and functionalities of the system. Registrants will learn how D365 Payroll simplifies the payroll process and automates their business, by exploring the following features:

  • Employee Timesheets
  • Manage Employee Details
  • Bank Integration
  • Direct Deposit or Cheque Payments
  • General Ledger Integration
  • Up-To-Date Tax Tables
  • Security
  • Privacy
  • Back-Ups
  • ESS (Employee Self Service)

Time: 11:00AM EST – 11:45AM EST
Date: Thursday May 24, 2018

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China's JD To Set Up Two JVs With Central Group In Thailand

JD Group, JD Finance, Thailand’s leading retailer Central Group, and Provident Capital together announced that they would set up two joint ventures in Thailand to provide e-commerce service and fintech services with total investments of USD500 million.

According to the agreement, Central Group will provide half of the funds; while JD Group, JD Finance, and JD’s Indonesian e-commerce business strategic cooperating partner Provident Capital will provide the other half.

JD will provide extensive professional skill support to the e-commerce joint venture, covering technology, e-commerce, and logistics. JD Finance will offer related fintech experience and technologies such as artificial intelligence, cloud computing, and other industry-leading technologies.

At the same time, Central Group will use its retail resource advantages, including a physical store network, brand relationships and vendor resources, and its popular membership program “The 1 Card”, to contribute for the development of the two joint ventures. In addition, Central Group will open several flagship stores on the platform of the e-commerce joint venture to introduce its department store, major retail chain stores, and its owned or operated brands.

Liu Qiangdong, chairman and chief executive officer of JD Group, said that Thailand has a large population and developed infrastructure, including a strong national logistics network, which represents huge potential for the development of e-commerce and fintech. By cooperating with a strong retail group like Central Group, JD will gain a huge competitive advantage in its expansion in Southeast Asia.

Tos Chirathivat, chief executive officer of Central Group, said that JD Group achieved huge successes in the Chinese e-commerce market and it is the best choice for an e-commerce partner. With the growing of mobile Internet users and improving of customer spending power, Thailand’s e-commerce will soon have an explosive development. By cooperating with JD, Central Group will seize this opportunity to become a leading e-commerce provider in Thailand.

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PUMA Selects Digital Marketing Center from Teradata as Central Platform for Email Marketing Campaigns

June 14, 2016 | MUNICH, Germany

Teradata Marketing Applications, a division* of Teradata Corp. (NYSE: TDC), the big data analytics and marketing applications company, has won a sportive new customer for its Digital Marketing Center (DMC): PUMA, one of the world’s leading sports brands. Effective immediately, Teradata Marketing Applications will support PUMA’s European newsletter distribution as well as the development and execution of customer-centric campaigns. Following a thorough selection process that included a number of renowned vendors, PUMA decided in favor of the Teradata.

Focus on integrated online and offline channels
The projects, which focus on the integration of online and stationary trade, include traditional newsletter distribution, the development of automated customer communications, and the entire data management and customer contacts via email and Facebook ads. All the processes and optimizations will be managed using Teradata Digital Marketing Center.

Interfaces to yReceipts and Demandware
Digital Marketing Center comes with an interface to yReceipts, an innovative tool which PUMA currently uses in six stores. It enables customers who buy in the store to receive their invoice by email. This tool enables PUMA to better tailor its products and campaigns to individual customer requirements. Further, DMC provides an interface to PUMA’s e-commerce platform Demandware, which makes it possible to leverage online user behavior, such as purchases, cart abandonments or product searches, for the personalization of the customer communication.

“With the help of Teradata Marketing Applications, we are finally able to interconnect all our relevant channels and to raise our customer communication to a new level,” says Ken Kralick, head of eCommerce Europe at PUMA.

More at Teradata Connect
A PUMA marketing expert will be present at Teradata Connect to answer questions on this topic. Connect takes place in London on 14-15 June. More than 1,000 CMOs, marketing managers and online marketers will attend this world-class marketing event to learn the latest trends in digital marketing.

About Teradata

Teradata helps companies get more value from data than any other company. Our big data analytic solutions and team of experts can help your company gain a sustainable competitive advantage with data. Teradata helps organizations leverage all their data so they can know more about their customers and business and do more of what’s really important. Visit teradata.com.

Teradata and the Teradata logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Teradata Corporation and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and worldwide.

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WATCH: Interview With Kevin Hart And Dwayne Johnson As They Talk ‘Central Intelligence’!

Here is an interview with Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson as they sat down to discuss their new film Central Intelligence. 

Bullied as a teen for being overweight, Bob Stone (Johnson) shows up to his high school reunion looking fit and muscular. While there, he finds Calvin Joyner (Hart), a fast-talking accountant who misses his glory days as a popular athlete. Stone is now a lethal CIA agent who needs Calvin’s number skills to help him save the compromised U.S. spy satellite system. Together, the former classmates encounter shootouts, espionage and double-crosses while trying to prevent worldwide chaos.

The film opens nationwide June 17, 2016. Check out the interview below;

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SEE New Images Of Kevin Hart & Dwayne Johnson’s New Film ‘Central Intelligence’!

Danielle Nicolet plays the female lead opposite Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, in New Line’s buddy action-comedy, “Central Intelligence,” which follows former high school classmates who reunite years later, with each not quite what the other expected he would become. One was a high school jock who is now a boring accountant, while the other, who was bullied and trashed on as a kid, is now a CIA contract killer. The latter encourages the former to help him foil a plot to sell classified military secrets.

Hart plays the former high school jock who is now an accountant, and Johnson is the bullied nerd who becomes a CIA contract killer… just as you’d expect!

Danielle Nicolet plays Hart’s wife, who was also his high school sweetheart.

Rawson Marshall Thurber (“We’re the Millers”) is directing from a script he re-wrote (it’s apparently been through the hands of several writers, which isn’t always a good sign for any project).

Scott Stuber is producing through his Bluegrass Films shingle, along with Peter Principato and Paul Young of Principato-Young Entertainment.

Ed Helms is exec producing.

No release date set yet; although some time in 2016 is likely.

With both Hart and Johnson in front of the camera in “Central Intelligence,” this could actually be a big hit for New Line, and Nicolet’s highest profile role. Not only are Hart & Johnson 2 of the busiest actors right now, they also have proven box office resumes.

Courtesy of USA Today, within this post you’ll find first look images from the movie.

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Marlon Wayans Debut’s Newest Trailer For ’50 Shades Of Black’!

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Interconnected campaigns central to omnichannel marketing

Today’s customers have far more control in their relationship with companies than before: The voice of the customer…

has gotten increasingly more assertive. As a result, companies have had to change their digital strategies to accommodate consumer preferences.

Companies can no longer dictate the preferred communication channels — whether that’s email, social media, corporate website and so on — when interacting with customers. For digital marketing strategies to be successful, companies have to offer their customers multiple avenues of communication. But part of the challenge is determining which channels customers prefer.

But it’s not enough for companies to simply cultivate a presence on a few digital channels to market products. Customers often use multiple channels freely, switching back and forth between them in their daily lives. A company’s marketing campaign on one channel has to be consistent among multiple channels.

Digital marketing campaigns work best when all of the channels in a campaign’s media mix are interconnected. Without striving for this sort of omnichannel marketing that blends and blurs the lines between media boundaries, targeted marketing messages might not reach their desired audiences. The keys to mastering an interconnected media, messaging and experience strategy are the following:

  • Be present and active in the media channels your customers use most, and offer avenues for cross-media interaction.
  • Use various forms of media in a cohesive communication strategy to reinforce messages and experiences consistently and seamlessly.
  • In developing campaigns, map a clear path that entices consumers to follow your brand’s message across channels.

Here are two examples of omnichannel marketing:

Michaels wants “Makers”

Arts and crafts retailer Michaels is creating a sense of community that guides consumers between its physical stores and digital accounts within one comprehensive, omnichannel marketing umbrella.

For digital marketing strategies to be successful, companies have to offer their customers multiple avenues of communication.

Their marketing program, “Michaels Makers,” is a company-provided blogger network where customers can read about tips for do-it-yourself projects. “Michaels Makers” integrates online and in-store classes, summit events and blogger outreach programs using video and how-to resources for customers. Additionally, Michaels uses a combination of Web and social media marketing to involve its audience in monthly online craft challenges. Crafters can also post their own projects on social media using the hashtag #MadeWithMichaels for a chance to be featured on Michaels’ social channels.

Over the past year, Michaels saw its email database grow by more than 10%, according to chairman and CEO Chuck Rubin. In March 2015, all of the company’s marketing channels came together for its Springtime in Paris event which produced 400,000 visits to the event website as well as shares from email, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter. The company also got its physical stores involved in the event’s marketing, offering classes and encouraging customers to send them pictures to be entered in a drawing for a free trip to Paris. More than 11,000 entries were submitted for the contest.

Sally’s getting viewers involved in its new ‘project’

Sally Beauty Supply partnered with the reality TV show Project Runway in a cross-promotional marketing campaign that ties in with the looks created on the show. The campaign also provided customers with beauty tips to help them recreate their favorite styles.

As part of the omnichannel marketing campaign, consumers receive email messages that reference the show’s most recent hair and makeup looks — with the actual products used — and step-by-step guidance for customers to achieve those styles at home.

Along with email messaging, Sally’s interconnected marketing campaign includes a mix of social media, YouTube videos and a dedicated section of its website. Customers can enter online or in-store to win the “Runway Your Way” sweepstakes for a trip to New York City to see the show’s finale.

Currently, Sally’s has more than 434,000 Facebook likes and more than 54,000 Twitter followers. We should acknowledge, however that likes and followers can be empty, or hollow, gauges of audience affinity for a brand. Still, they are ways to broaden exposure of a company’s brand and get people talking.

Key takeaways

1. An interconnected omnichannel marketing campaign must include a well-rounded media mix that reaches your customers on the channels they prefer. Understand where and how your customers are spending their time — whether online or in-store — and then develop strategies for cross-linking content in those venues.

2. If your campaign is not valuable to customers, they will not participate. Provide customers with meaningful content, such as education, tips, “in-the-know” background info they can’t get elsewhere, videos, social interactions, Web resources, etc.

3. Encourage the feeling of community and value. When customers feel that they are a part of a “movement,” they are more inclined to want to participate and be a part of the marketing campaign.

Next Steps

How to deliver the best multichannel experience

Multichannel customer service is table stakes for companies

Have clear objectives before venturing into omnichannel

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Hannibal Buress Asks Life’s Biggest Questions In New Comedy Central Series!

Life’s most pressing questions will be answered when “Why? With Hannibal Buress” premieres Wednesday, July 8 at 10:30pm ET/PT on Comedy Central, after an all-new “Key & Peele.”

The weekly, half-hour series will celebrate Buress’ off-beat comedic voice and point-of-view, during which he’s address just about everything topical, via stand-up, filmed segments, man-on-the-street interviews and special, in-studio guests. Through the 8-episode season, “Why? With Hannibal Buress” will be shot in front of a studio audience and each episode will tape the same week it airs.

The expanded world of “Why? With Hannibal Buress” will include social media content integration, like original video, behind the scenes looks and more. Fans can also follow @hannibalburess on Twitter for more interaction.

Episodes of “Why? With Hannibal Buress” will be available the day after air on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Xbox Video, Sony Entertainment Network, Vudu, Verizon Flexview and Google Play, as well as in the Comedy Central App to fans that authenticate via their cable or satellite provider.

First trailer below:

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Flex Alexander To Host The New Volumes Of ‘The Comedy Underground’ Series!
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LL Cool J To Host Live ‘Lip Sync Battle’ In NYC’s Central Park!

New York City better be ready for the live show of one of the episode of “Lip Sync Battle” that will be happening on July 13 at NYC’s Central Park. The live show is said to be in line with the celebration of the City Parks Foundation’s Summer Stage Festival.

“Lip Sync Battle,” a show airing on Spike TV and hosted by New Yorker LL Cool J will be at the event alongside resident Chrissy Teigen helping him out during the show as she provides commentary about the competing artists, Broadway World reports.

Executive producer of the show, Casey Patterson, said in a statement that the “Lip Sync Battle” was actually born and raised in NYC to they are honored to do the first-ever live show in Central Park. He added that the event will be free for their fans and it will be an “incredible music legacy” that people should watch out for, Entertainment Weekly shares.

The “Lip Sync Battle” stemmed from “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” as it was just a segment of the NBC show.  However, it has become so popular as it featured a lot of artists battling it out by lip syncing different songs. When it was still just a segment from Fallon’s show, Fallon battled with artists such as Emma Stone, Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart.

The series that has been a spinoff by Spike has then become a regular and most-watched original series that it has been renewed for a second season. It was announced earlier this year that the show has an average of three million viewers per episode. Actors and actresses who have showed their lip-syncing talents are Anna Kendrick, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Anne Hathaway, and many more.

It has not been announced yet who will be the featured celebrities who will pit against each other during the Central Park Live show of “Lip Sync Battle.”

The show airs on Thursdays at 10 P.M. on Spike. The event in Central Park will be taking place on July 13 and the gates will be open to the public at 7 in the evening.

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The ABFF’s Comedy Wings Competition Champion Is Comedian Chastity Washington

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